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CFL 2018/19: Wolfe Hunts Down Panthers In Their Own Yard

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club failed to garner three vital points in their race to the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ title as Peerless Sports Club beat them 1-0 on Thursday at Mohammedan Sporting Ground.

Trinidadian World Cupper Anthony Wolfe scored the only goal of the match in the 20th minute to hand the Black Panthers their second defeat of the campaign.

Going into the game, Mohammedan SC technical director Raghu Nandi made the only change to the side by handing start to goalkeeper Arup Debnath in place of injured Priyant Singh.

While the start of the game was delayed by 45 minutes owing to incessant rains and a water-logged pitch, the Black Panthers came out all guns blazing when it finally did.

The thunderous outpour of rain made life difficult for both the teams and both adjusted to playing on a wet surface in the opening minutes, with neither taking the risk of attacking.

However, Mohammedan SC expressed their intent as early as the third minute with Bazie Armand squandering a gilt-edged chance. Having beaten Chika Wali to the ball, the former Minerva Punjab midfielder saw his header attempt fly wide of goal.

Mohammedan SC were applying all the early pressure with Princewill Emeka squandering another chance in the 12th minute. Dipendu Dowary picked out the burly striker from a corner-kick, but despite having lost his marker, he could only manage to direct his attempt wide of goal.

While Mohammedan SC pressed high up, Peerless managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end when Wolfe headed past Arup from close range in the 20th minute.

Having conceded, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity through Princewill, Dipendu and Rahul KP, but Peerless managed to hold on defending deep as the first-half ended 1-0.

The second-half was a similar story as Mohammedan SC dominated majority of the proceedings looking for the equalizer and almost camped in the rival half. While they pushed up front, close chances fell for Princewill but the striker lacked killer finish in the final third.

Nandi brought on new signing Philip Adjah in place of Bazie in the 64th minute as the Black Panthers pushed for the equalizer.

Mohammedan SC though created many chances but failed to equalize, as they failed to stick to their passing game policy. The players seemed to be more keen on playing direct football sending long balls from the centre-line.

Towards the end, Mohammedan SC went agonisingly close through Lancine Toure but the Black Panthers skipper failed to score as the game ended 1-0.

The result meant Mohammedan SC remain on fourth position in the log standings with 10 points from 6 matches.

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan SC Confident Ahead Of Peerless Tie

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have expressed confidence they can beat Peerless Sports Club tomorrow at home to continue their steady climb up the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ table.

Black Panthers technical director Raghu Nandi said his team hope to sustain their surge up the league standings.

Mohammedan SC are fourth on the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ log with 10 points, while Peerless SC also with 10 points hang on the third spot both after 5 games.

“I am impressed with the commitment of my boys as we are gradually finding our shape. We are slowly getting to know and understand ourselves the more and before long,” said Nandi.

“Yes, we did not start too well as we would have wished but we are steadily getting into our groove. I respect Peerless as a formidable side but we have what it takes to stop them. We are focused to make our fans happy,” he added.

The Black Panthers returned to winning form in the league by defeating Pathachkara Club 3-0 earlier this week, thanks to goals from Tonmoy Ghosh, Princewill Emeka and Dipendu Dowary.

Despite Mohammedan SC’s commanding performance against Pathachakra, the match seem evenly poised as Peerless SC have proven themselves to be a lethal attacking force. With the likes of Ansumana Kromah and Trinidadian World Cupper Anthony Wolfe in the ranks, Peerless SC will always pose a goal threat.

Meanwhile, with Mohammedan SC struggling to break down defenses, they will need more attacking impetus from their midfield. Bazie Armand could be key in this regard, with his wide range of skills and versatility making him the perfect bridge from defense to the forwards.

The Black Panthers will also need Princewill Emeka to return to his his best form. The Nigerian striker will need to up his game and prove to Nandi that he remains a key driving force for the Black Panthers, especially after the arrival of new striker Philip Adjah.

Peerless SC, on the other hand, will be hoping for a better performance compared to their last game, which saw them beaten 3-1 by Calcutta Customs on Monday.

The game will see former Black Panthers mentor Biswajit Bhattachraya go up against his former employers for the first time since leaving the club in May, giving the game an added twist.

The match at Mohammedan Sporting ground kick-off at 4:30 pm.

Mohammedan Sporting Club Mourn Ghayasuddin Khan Passing

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club are in a state of mourning following the passing of club’s long serving cricket coach Ghayasuddin Khan.

Khan, who had BCCI level 1 coaching degree, coached Mohammedan Sporting Club from 2006 to his last breath.

“I have received the devastating news of Ghayasuddin Khan’s passing,” laments Mohammedan Sporting Club Hony. General Secretary Mohammad Qamaruddin. “I am still reeling from the shock of hearing this sad news.”

Ghayasuddin Khan may be gone but he will never be forgotten. His memory will linger on in the hearts and minds of the Mohammedan Sporting Club faithfuls.” he further added.

A minute of silence will be observed in the memory of Khan, before tomorrow’s Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ clash between Mohammedan Sporting Club plays Peerless SC at Club ground.

CFL 2018/19: Mohammedan aim to bounce back at Rainbow’s expense

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club will hope that the loss against Aryan Club is water under the bridge when facing Rainbow Athletic Club in their third Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ fixture this Saturday evening. Kick-off at Barasat Stadium is at 4:30 pm.

It’s a match Black Panthers technical director Raghu Nandi will obviously be desperate to get a reaction from his men, but has admitted he faces a tough task to lift the battered morale of his players.

“As a coach I understand that part of my job entails building character and asking how do we come back from setbacks. It’s never feels good when you lose a match, but we still have a lot of work to do.” Nandi said. “Even in the dressing room we are being realistic because there are still many matches to play and many points to play for. We need to remind players that it’s not the end of the world.”

Rainbow AC will also be looking to bounce back following their 3-2 loss against Mohun Bagan earlier this week, and  this will make things more difficult for the Black Panthers.

“Rainbow AC will be desperate to pick up points,” the Black Panthers technical director notes. “This will make them dangerous. There is also the matter of the big occasion for their players as added spice to the contest.”

“We are aware of how they play and of their danger men. Obviously we have to give them respect but we have prepared well.  We have to put up some good work and make sure that we take care of their strengths.” Nandi adds.

Despite losing to Aryan, Mohammedan SC played a good brand of football and were let down by their finishing in the last third, with one such noticeable player being Princewill Emeka, who time and again found himself in good space but failed to convert.

However, Nandi backs the Nigerian to rediscover his goal-scoring form and feels what he is going through is normal for strikers.

“There are times when strikers go into spells where they don’t always score. I think Prince is working very hard. I am sure if he continues to do that he will score goals. He has the quality and we just have to trust him.” said Nandi.

Raghu Nandi Looks For Response

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club technical director Raghu Nandi said that he will be looking for a response from his charges following a 1-0 defeat in the hands of Aryan Club at a packed Barasat Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Black Panthers faithful came out in numbers but watched their side losing 1-0 as Nigerian striker Ejiogu Chinedu Emmanuel scored the only goal.

Nandi speaking after the game said; “Aryan played much better technically and also were tactically correct on the evening.”

“They always looked dangerous every time they had the ball and eventually scored after we had missed a couple of chances. Each time we got the ball we lost it, and they were faster on transitions. When we regained possession, we were not as swift or as quick.

Mohammedan SC will have no time to recover as they face Rainbow Athletic Club in their next Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ fixture on Saturday.

“We just need to go back and re-think what happened today. I believe in the group and I know that they will pick themselves up and respond from this defeat,” concluded Nandi.

CFL 2018/19: Aryan stun Mohammedan SC

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club were stunned 1-0 by Aryan Club in their second 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ encounter at Barasat Stadium on Wednesday.

Although the Black Panthers went into the match as hot favourites but it was Aryan who stunned them thanks to a  37th-minute goal by Ejiogu Chinedu Emmanuel.

Going into the match, Mohammedan SC Head Coach Sudip Sarkar made one change from their previous match against FCI by handing Satyam Sharma his first start of the season replacing Laltu Hembram.

The game started at a furious pace with Mohammedan SC‚ as expected‚ pressing high to nullify Aryan’s effort to rapidly circulate the ball. It was a fascinating tactical battle although‚ at times‚ a little predictable.

Reluctantly there was a lot of possession turn over and not enough in the way of scoring chances.

The first real opportunity came after 17 minutes when Aryan goalkeeper Shouvik Santra made a save from Princewill Emeka‚ who had done well to turn the defense and put himself into a shooting position. But the Nigerian forward failed to get any real power behind his shot.

On the half hour mark‚ Princewill hit a wild effort from a tight angle well off target and eight minutes later winger Jewel Raja rose unchallenged to head a corner narrowly wide.

While Mohammedan SC pressed high up, opponents Aryan managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end. Nigerian striker Emmanuel capitalized on a defensive error to beat Black Panthers custodian Priyant Singh in the 37th minute.

Having conceded, Mohammedan SC began attacking with intensity through Princewill, Dipendu Dowary and Prosenjit Chakraborty but rivals Aryan managed to hold on defending deep as the first half ended 1-0.

Mohammedan SC continued to dictate matters at the start of the second-half with substitute Mohammad Amirul shooting narrowly wide of the target five minutes into the session.

Aryan, though, were not to be outdone and came close to scoring in the 54th minute when Kunal Ghosh broke through on goal, but he was superbly denied in a one-on-one with Priyant.

Mohammedan SC’s attacking kingpin Dipendu Dowary also had a tough evening, in being closely marked and was not able to unleash his usual high-quality supply to the front men.

Towards the end, Mohammedan SC showed more endeavour in attack but they were unable to breach a Aryan defense expertly marshalled by  Seydou Mady  and Raju Koley as Aryan Club held on to record a historical victory.

CFL 2018/19: WE NEED A GOOD START SAYS RAGHU NANDI

KOLKATA: The Black Panthers are set to open their account of the 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ season when they face Food Corporation of India (FCI) in Barasat Stadium on Sunday, which promises to be an exciting contest as both teams will look for a solid start to their respective campaigns.

“We are happy to start with the CFL fixtures,” Raghu Nandi comments. “We have gone through the preparations and all we need is a good start.”

“The first few games are always a bit tricky, as most teams still read like a closed book,” the Mohammedan Sporting technical director adds. “We have done our homework and we gathered intelligence about FCI, albeit limited because they haven’t been exposed that much.”

Nandi is confident that his lack of “big” team experience will not count against him when the teams meet in their opening match. 

On the selection front, Nandi commented: “We will play our best possible side. The competition for places is at an all-time high at the moment. The best eleven will start on Sunday evening.”

Nandi brings a different style of play to the table and he is adamant that he has the players to make this work. Priyant Singh will start the game in goal. Kamran Farooque will start at left back while Lancine Toure who had been handed the captain’s armband for the Black Panthers and one of Prasenjit Paul or Shanid Valan will start as centre backs. It will be Tonmoy Ghosh who will start as right back.

With a wealth of options in midfield, it will be interesting to see who the experienced tactician eventually picks to start the game. Jewel Raja and Bazie Armand are likely options in the central midfield positions. The attacking and wing positions will be a tough choice for Nandi who will have to choose between Dipendu Dowary, Rahul KP, Sumit Das, Prosenjit Chakraborty, Snehasish Dutta, Ronald Singh, Ripon Rahman and Debasish Pradhan. Mohammad Amirul will be a likely starter up front with Princewill Emeka.

“The energy in the camp is gratifying,” concluded Nandi. “We want to display good football and take away the three points.”

MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING CLUB MOURN KALIA KULOTHUNGAN PASSING

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club are in a state of mourning following the passing of former Black Panthers midfielder Kalia Kulothungan (39) on Saturday following a bike accident. The Tmail Nadu native has played for Mohammedan Sporting Club from 2004 to 2007.

“I have received the devastating news of Kalia Kulothungan’s passing,” laments Mohammedan Sporting Club Hony. General Secretary Mohammad Qamaruddin. “I am still reeling from the shock of hearing this sad news.”

“Kalia Kulothungan may be gone but he will never be forgotten. His memory will linger on in the hearts and minds of the Mohammedan Sporting Club faithfuls.” he further added.

Mohammedan Sporting Club flag has been lowered to half-mast to mark the day of mourning.

MOHAMMEDAN SC SIGN STRIKER PRINCEWILL EMEKA

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have made their fourth and final foreign signing for the forthcoming Calcutta Premier Division – A in the shape of Nigerian striker Princewill Emeka Olariche.

Princewill joins the Ivorian triplet of Leonce Dodoz, Bazie Armand and Lancine Toure as the foreign recruits of Mohammedan Sporting Club.

The 26-year-old was an integral part of TRAU FC’s maiden 2nd Division League campaign and has been in red-hot form since the dawn of 2018.

Princewill has scored 7 times in 11 appearances for TRAU in 2017/18 2nd Division League. The enigmatic striker was also the second highest scorer of the league and has established himself as the premier goal poacher during the campaign. Princewill has also played for Neroca FC couple of seasons back.

The striker is arriving in Kolkata tomorrow afternoon.